Happy World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day. According to wikipedia:

World Poetry Day was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and as the UNESCO session declaring the day says, to “give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements.”

World Poetry Day has existed in some form since at least 1505, according to the National Poetry Day Committee, which was based in Florida, USA, in the early 1990s. It was generally celebrated in October, sometimes on the 5th, but in the latter part of the 20th Century the world community celebrated it on October 15, the birthday of Virgil, the Roman epic poet and poet laureate under Augustus. The tradition to keep an October date for national or international poetry day celebrations still holds in many countries. Alternately, a different October or even November date is celebrated.

Regardless, is there ever a bad reason to celebrate poetry? I didn’t think so. So without further adieu, here are some poems that I’m digging right now…

A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow–
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand–
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep–while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

i carry your heart with me by E. E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Mad Girl’s Love Song by Sylvia Plath

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)”

When I Was One-and-Twenty by A. E. Housman

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
“Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;
Give pearls away and rubies
But keep your fancy free.”
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard him say again,
“The heart out of the bosom
Was never given in vain;
‘Tis paid with sighs a plenty
And sold for endless rue.”
And I am two-and-twenty,
And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.

I assure you, I could go on. But I’ll spare you. What are some of your favorite poems?

Weekend Diversions: Are You A Likaholix? Can you KenKen? Make NetDisasters!

I kind of feel like pulling up the covers and hiding today – but I get the impression that my absence would be noticed, so instead I’m going to share with you some of my current favorite distractions – sure to brighten up your weekend or at least provide you with new things to attempt to call “work” when your kid asks what you’re doing – will they be fooled? Or will they beg to “work” with you?


Have you heard of Likaholix? It’s basically a website devoted to stuff you like – search for products, places, blogs & websites – and tell people why you like them – it can connect to Facebook for easy connection to all your other diversions (and friends). The more people you connect to on Likaholix the funner it is. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. (Let me know if that invite link doesn’t work for you – and I’ll see what I can do ::winks::)

Speaking of nothing related to that, can you KenKen? Do you know what a KenKen is? Apparently it’s the new big in math puzzles, similar to Sudoku but like on crack. Jen @ Stuff Jen Says wrote a post about it recently and I’m all sorts of intrigued and petrified by this new craze.


According to Wikipedia, KenKen “is a style of arithmetic and logical puzzle sharing several characteristics with sudoku. The name comes from Japanese and is translated as “the square of wisdom” or “cleverness squared.”

“The objective is to fill the grid in with the digits 1 through 6 such that:

  • Each row contains exactly one of each digit
  • Each column contains exactly one of each digit
  • Each bold-outlined group of cells is a cage containing digits which achieve the specified result using the specified mathematical operation: addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (×), and division (÷). (Unlike in Killer Sudoku, digits may repeat within a group.)”

Think you can KenKen? Try it out online here, here or here.

Okay, last diversion, and I promise this one doesn’t involve nearly as much thinking – no, this diversion focuses more on destruction – mayhem – breaking things – but without the messy clean up. Go to NetDisaster, type in the web address of your favorite website, choose your poison and then watch the magic happen. It’s severely addicting and easy. I spent far too much time than was probably necessary flooding my blog & making protesters picket up and down it (but not at the same time, which could have been awesome… hmmm….)

That’s all for this week – have a great, diverted weekend guys!


March 13: Happy Birthday Dear BLOG, Happy Birthday To You!

Today is my blog’s first birthday!  To begin my celebration of mommablogsalot.com turning one years old, I first thought it appropriate to send a birthday card to myself. But then I couldn’t choose – so I am sending myself five birthday cards, just because I can. And by send, I mean I’m going to post them here. First off, I’d like to formally invite myself to my blog’s birthday party – otherwise I might not show up and that would be embarrassing.

Why thank you self – I’d love to come to my blog’s birthday party! Did you know, blog, that you share the same birthday as American singer / songwriter Neil Sedaka, Kathy Hilton (mother of Paris and Nikki) and Bloodhound Gang member Spanky G?

So I mentioned that I tried getting more birthday cake out of my blog’s birthday. Dan wasn’t quite as accommodating – if only I hadn’t remembered my own birthday a week ago it might have worked, but I guess a 7 day period was just too soon. I might have to actually wait until my next real birthday before I can ask for my own birthday cake again. Thank god for other people’s birthdays.

In the meantime, I got my blog this:

It just seemed fitting.

Now that I’ve had cake and opened some cards and given you some fun facts, I thought I’d get my blog some birthday presents. I’m pretty sure my blog has mentioned that it’s always wanted it’s very own bling so I got it the following:

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets
Created by OnePlusYou

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets
Created by OnePlusYou

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets
Created by OnePlusYou

I know I’m very generous. So I’m not going to beg you guys for like 1,000 comments or anything. I’m very excited to have been blogging for a year, but that’s been done already. I’m not going to give anything away, although it would be fun, I really can’t afford to do anything like that and again it’s been done. I’m just going to end this with my last birthday card to my blog, and then I’ll go change my son’s poopy diaper and watch Thomas with him.

Thanks for all the blogiversary wishes I’ve gotten already! Sue @ My Musings sent me this really sweet e-card that MM was over the moon for. He had a blast watching it and kept asking to watch it again and again. 🙂 Remember if you want to send my blog a birthday card, just send it to mommablogsalot (at) gmail (dot) com. I’ll post any other cards I get here, too.

– edit –

My very sweet besties over @ Momma’s Review just posted this adorable little “Blogiversary Card” for me – how sweet are they? Now I’m feeling all lazy for not photoshopping something for my blog, too. You don’t think it will hold that against me do you?

My bloggy friend Jen @ Stuff Jen Says wrote me a birthday post with TONS of fun little pictures with my name in them! I have no idea how she made them but aren’t they cool? This one is my favorite but you can click over to her post to see the rest: